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Sectional times are really the key to successful punting today. Whilst that is a well known fact -
most punters cannot understand properly the science of reading them or simply don't have enough time
to research any given days racing to work it all out.
Brisbane's biggest bookmaker Brian Ogilvie, now retired, when interviewed recently by Wayne Wilson
on Radio TAB said the best professional punter he'd seen was Frank Scarborough who'd been the first
one to properly master sectional times thus giving himself an edge over both fellow punters and bookmakers.
I say bookmakers put up "false favourites" every day of the week or bet insanely short prices about
horses that are ready to get beaten. Bookmakers have only two things in their favour to beat
punters and stay in business and they are;
Why? Well not many of us can do much about
(a) - the variables which we all know like bad barriers, horses being trained
too hard or not trained hard enough coming into a race by their trainers, undiagnosed
soreness (particularly of shins and joints) prior to the race, poor rides, horse feeling
off colour but they can't talk etc.
- the many variables of racing and
- punters who are ill informed and yet between a) and b) many bookmakers are very wealthy.
I’ve always firmly believed that we can do something about acquiring a
greater knowledge of sectional times information simply via the repetition
of reviewing them weekly. Professionals like top golfers, swimmers or footballers
practice all the time – and similarly mastering an understanding of sectional
times requires a lot of time and years of practice – so
most punters just couldn’t be bothered.